Music video by Mtume performing Juicy Fruit. (C) 1983 Sony BMG Music Entertainment
“Juicy Fruit” is a song written by James Mtume and released as the lead-off single from Mtume’s third album, also titled Juicy Fruit. It features lead vocals by Tawatha Agee. The mid-tempo song is arguably Mtume’s most well-known, proving enormously successful on R&B radio stations when first released.
The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot Black Singles chart on June 4, 1983 and remained there for eight weeks. Its success on the Billboard Pop Singles chart, however, was more modest, reaching number 45.
It was ranked at number 15 among the “Tracks of the Year” for 1983 by NME. The single remarkably became a certified one million seller on July 25, 1983 without even becoming a Top 40 hit. The song’s video had different lyrics, where they replaced “You can lick me everywhere” with “Candy kisses everywhere” so it wouldn’t be censored or banned from being seen on TV.
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